“The most knowledgeable professionals are saying it’s safe and they’re people too. They’re not looking for demise, they want to have a cure, just like the rest of us,” Cottingim said. “If they say it’s like, healthy and not dangerous, I’ll believe them.”
By testing asymptomatic students every three weeks, Butler aims to gather more information with which to combat the virus.
Pharmacy students were able to use their classroom skills for good by volunteering to administer the COVID-19 vaccine in hospitals and clinics. With their immunization certification, several students helped St. Vincent Hospital vaccinate up to 400 people a day.
“It is honestly our best chance [of] getting back to normal life, which is I know what all college students really want,” Hudson said.
Butler University makes improvements to surveillance testing, the quarantine time period, contact tracing staff and daily health check for the spring 2021 semester.
Ultimately, no one can predict what the next couple months may hold, especially with the current rising cases across Indiana. However, Rockwood emphasized that as winter nears, there are a few key steps students should take to maximize their health and the health of those on campus.
After being informed there would be no exit testing before break, some students started making a plan to stay safe before returning home.
There are several sites throughout Indianapolis where Butler students can get tested before Thanksgiving break.
The university’s COVID-19 testing, response to test results and overall communication with students has been dangerously haphazard, and the repercussions of their contemptible Health and Safety Plan are upending the emotional and physical wellbeing of Butler community members everywhere.
Students will no longer have a spring break to avoid interstate contact, but will have a longer winter break between semesters.